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2017

Dramatic spike in smoking scenes

Kirsty Fowler | NBC 7 San Diego (10 Jul 2017)
UCSF and its other research partners are hoping these findings will push for stricter ratings within the film industry. Read more...

Tobacco use in hit movies jumps 80% in one year

Claire Schaffer | Newsweek (10 Jul 2017)
"The MPAA needs to modernize the rating system to reflect the conclusive science that putting smoking on a screen increases the chances of youth smoking and then dying prematurely as a result." Read more...

Number of pre-teen films featuring smoking has risen by 43% in six years

Daisy Dunne | Daily Mail (10 Jul 2017)
Experts warned the results are a 'troublesome plot twist' in the health of young people, who may be at an increased risk of tobacco addiction because of the rise in on-screen smoking. Read more...

Tobacco use jumps 80% in top-grossing movies

Victoria Knight | CNN (10 Jul 2017)
The numbers are prompting concern from public health researchers and advocates over the effects these scenes have on young people's behavior. [Includes video with Acting Surgeon General] Read more...

Renewed trend in tobacco scenes disturbing

Nancy Brown | American Heart Association (7 Jul 2017)
"Easier access, coupled with a growing number of tobacco images in film, means more and more young people will be put at risk of a lifetime addiction, disease and possibly an early death," said American Heart Association president Nancy Brown. Read more...

CDC: 1 in 4 youth-rated movies show smoking

Melissa Jenco | AAP News (6 Jul 2017)
“Unless the film industry acts to keep smoking out of youth-rated movies, millions more will be influenced to smoke, resulting in tobacco-induced cancers, heart and lung disease, or stroke,” said American Academy of Pediatrics President Fernando Stein, M.D., FAAP. Read more...

Study: Smoking skyrockets in movies aimed at young people

| HealthDay (6 Jul 2017)
"Easier access, coupled with a growing number of tobacco images in film, means more and more young people will be put at risk of a lifetime addiction, disease and possibly an early death," [American Heart Association president Nancy Brown] said in a news release. Read more...

Number of smoking images increased dramatically in PG-13 films, study finds

Gillian Brassil | San Jose Mercury News (6 Jul 2017)
The report suggests that public subsidies should not go to support ... movies that portray smoking. Read more...

Smoking on the rise in movies aimed at young: Study

Robert Preidt | US News & World Report (6 Jul 2017)
Nancy Brown, head of the American Heart Association (AHA), called the findings a "troublesome plot twist." Read more...

Smoking increases dramatically

Elizabeth Fernandez | UCSF (6 Jul 2017)
Progress stalled six years ago, new study finds. Read more...

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